Wormald returns to local management

By Andrew Lee, Chief Executive Officer, Wormald

Wormald_Andrew Lee and Chris O'SullivanI am pleased to announce that Wormald has welcomed a new local management team and returns to being a dedicated fire business, following its sale from global fire and security company Tyco to Wormald International, LLC, a new subsidiary of Evergreen Capital.

Wormald has a long and proud history of delivering specialised fire expertise across Australia. The sale represents an exciting opportunity for the Wormald business and our valued customers, as we return to our roots and benefit from a less centralised and more flexible business structure.

I look forward to driving the business forward with a renewed focus on regional based decision making to provide our customers with the trusted, local service on which Wormald has built its name for more than 125 years in Australia. Continue reading

Putting the spotlight on desktop fire safety training

By Tony Jones, Regional Operations Manager with WormaldWormald_Emergency evacuation fire

One of the objectives of a comprehensive fire safety training program is to minimise the number of on-the-spot decisions fire wardens have to make in the event of a fire. Physical drills allow wardens to familiarise themselves with evacuation procedures, helping to reduce the number of new situations they may face during a fire incident. This can help to prevent chaos, contributing to a safer and more efficient evacuation.

Unfortunately, some organisations are turning to desktop fire safety training as a shortcut to physical evacuation training, in a bid to remove the interruption that can be associated with physical drills. Continue reading

Sprinklers required on new building balconies in Victoria

Wormald strata building

New regulations have been made to amend the National Construction Code in Victoria so that all new multi-storey residential buildings, hotels, healthcare buildings and aged care buildings that are required to install sprinklers designed to Australian Standard  2118.1-2006 Automatic fire sprinkler systems – General systems, must extend that sprinkler protection to include all covered balconies, regardless of size.

Continue reading

Maintaining passive fire protection: advice for building managers

By Tony Jones, Regional Operations Manager with Wormald

Wormald_Fire doors LRPassive fire protection (PFP) uses a building’s structure to limit the spread of fire and is integral to protecting people and property.  Although it is mandated by the Building Code of Australia and Australian Standards, PFP can be easily and accidentally compromised by everyday changes within a building.

PFP is not a ‘set and forget’ fire safety strategy; ongoing management of PFP is essential to help maintain the integrity of fire compartments. Continue reading

Overlooking Annual Fire Safety Statements can cost NSW businesses thousands

By Tony Jones, Regional Operations Manager with Wormald

Wormald_ Fire Panel AssessmentFaced with a multitude of health and safety compliance requirements, it can be easy for New South Wales building owners to let an Annual Fire Safety Statement (AFSS) slip down the priority list – an oversight that may cost thousands of dollars*.

Under the New South Wales Planning and Assessment Regulations (2000), building owners are required to submit an accurate AFSS for their premises every year. This must be provided to the local council and fire brigade. Continue reading

Understanding the basics of fire safety: six tips for building managers

Tyco Fire_Safety-000126The effects of fire can be devastating. In addition to posing a serious risk to the safety and welfare of occupants, fire can cause expensive damage to property and equipment and may result in lengthy and expensive downtime while repairs and rebuilding take place.

Every building manager should be well-versed in the basics of fire safety. The following advice outlines six tips to help building managers protect against fire. Continue reading

NZ businesses warned about fire safety following changes to workplace health and safety legislation

By Dave Hipkins, national technical and product manager, Wormald New Zealand

P7060556Following recent changes to workplace health and safety legislation in New Zealand, businesses are being reminded of the importance of fire extinguishers and hand operated firefighting equipment (HOFFE).

These legislative changes now place a due diligence duty on any person conducting a business or undertaking, including company directors or partners, who are now personally responsible for the health and safety of staff and contractors. When it comes to protecting people and property from fire, businesses can no longer afford to cut corners.

Unfortunately, many New Zealand businesses are choosing to remove HOFFE from their premises. This stems from interpretation of the law and a motivation to cut costs and, although the decision may not be unlawful, it can put lives and operations at unnecessary risk.

Continue reading

A guide to the different types of fire extinguishers

By Dave Hipkins, national technical and product manager, Wormald New Zealand

fire extinguisher_blogHaving the right equipment is close at hand is vital for minimising the impact of fire. A serviced and functional fire extinguisher may mean the difference between a minor incident and devastating full scale fire.

When choosing a suitable fire extinguisher, one needs to consider which fire extinguishers will address the needs and hazards of each individual business environment.

Continue reading

Three essential components of fire protection

By Tony Jones, Regional Operations Manager with Wormald

Wormald_Fire Doorjpg16A comprehensive fire protection system is the sum of its parts – and understanding each of those parts is vital for anyone involved in managing fire risk, systems or equipment for a building.

Fire protection systems can be made up of three key elements: active fire protection (AFP), passive fire protection (PFP) and education. Each component plays a very specific role in minimising the impact of fire, and together the components are essential for developing a complete fire protection system.

Establishing an understanding of each component will assist stakeholders’ awareness of the type of fire systems installed and required within their buildings. This awareness may encourage greater consideration of building modifications and maintaining the integrity of fire protection systems. Continue reading

Tyco Integrated Fire & Security takes safety at Port Kembla Coal Terminal to new heights

By Justin Morris, national engineering manager, Wormald

Port kemblaWith a commitment to delivering superior safety practices in the workplace, Tyco Integrated Fire & Security staff working at the Port Kembla Coal Terminal in Wollongong, New South Wales have reinvented the way heavy lifting of cylinders is conducted on site.

The Port Kembla Coal Terminal has a stringent fire safety protocol in place and as part of its ongoing maintenance, requires up to nine very heavy cylinders to be lifted from ground level to a height of 20 metres on a regular basis. The cylinders each weigh 121 kilograms.

Continue reading